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Year 13 Degree Scholarship FAQs

Who can apply for this scholarship?

Year 13 students who:

  • Study at a school (or are home-schooled) in Hawke’s Bay or Tairāwhiti/Gisborne (Hick’s Bay to Taupō and Dannevirke)


Year 13 students who:

  • Are applying for the Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Te Toi o Ngā Rangi), the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science, the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing and study at any school in New Zealand
  • Meet degree entry criteria or expect to pending final NCEA results
  • Are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Enrol to study full-time – 120 credits / 1 Equivalent Full-time Student (1 EFT)
  • Enrol for a degree (or eligible diploma) that starts in February

Do I need to have all of my NCEA results before I apply?

No, you can apply anytime and just include your NCEA results so far (or equivalent qualification if you are not studying NCEA).

Is there an application deadline?

The end of November is priority application date for Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti study, although some degrees may be open later.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship covers one year of tuition fees and one year of any course related costs which have been approved to be part of the scholarship.

Are there additional costs?

You are responsible for any additional costs over and above one year of tuition fees and approved course related costs. Additional costs could include the Students Services Levy, books and any additional courses that you choose to take over and above full-time study.

When will I know if I’m accepted at EIT?

Students are usually accepted into a programme with conditional entry, which means that confirmation of acceptance is subject to your final Level 3 NCEA results and / or an interview.

Am I eligible for a scholarship if my home address is outside of Hawke’s Bay, Tairāwhiti or Taupō?

Yes, if you are at school within the region or are applying for the following degrees which are open to students nationwide: Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts (Te Toi o Ngā Rangi), Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing.

Am I ‘locked in’ for the duration of the degree or can I go to another tertiary institute after the first or second year of study?

No, you are not locked in.

What cross credit arrangements does EIT have with other tertiary institutions?

EIT has a number of cross credit arrangements in place for different degrees. Please contact the Programme Secretary for details.

Who can help with my decision making or completing the application form(s)?

We have a team of Liaison Advisors on campus and a Careers Counsellor who can help guide you. E-mail scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call us on 0800 22 55 348 for help.

If I have completed one degree level course through STAR at school, will that count towards my degree?

Possibly, it might count depending on the degree. You will still need to take a full load of courses (120 credits / 1 EFT) within your first year.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, you can apply for various scholarships from different organisations. You can look online at the givME – Generosity database available at EIT. It lists every scholarship and grant available in New Zealand. Contact Twist Library: Phone 06 830 1045 or Email twist@eit.ac.nz

What is the difference between a degree at University and a degree at EIT?

EIT offers vocational study that is tailored to the regions specific requirements, meaning you are qualified and work ready to get local in-demand jobs. You no longer need to leave home to get a recognised degree as our degrees (Bachelors) are equal to those offered at New Zealand Universities. In fact, research shows that EIT graduates are viewed by local employers to be as good as graduates from anywhere else. (Troy, V. (2013) EIT 2013 Community and Stakeholder Brand Survey. Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand: SIL Research.)

Is my scholarship transferable from one EIT degree to another (eg. from Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) to Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)?

Yes, it could be in agreement with the Marketing Director in Hawke’s Bay or Campus Director in Tairāwhiti. If you have been offered the scholarship but decide to pursue a different degree, you could transfer it as long as you meet the degree entry criteria.

What happens to my scholarship if I am eligible to have my fees paid by Government Fees-Free?

The Year 13 Degree Scholarship must be applied for prior to the start of the first year of an undergraduate degree to qualify for year two free. Applications received after the start of year one cannot be considered.

For students who qualify to have their first year paid for under the government fees-free policy the Year 13 Degree Scholarship will cover the second year of the undergraduate degree You can visit feesfree.govt.nz to find out more about the first-year free government policy. 

Students who receive government fees-free in year one must also:

  • pass at least 75% of their first year courses and
  • undertake their second year of full-time degree study at EIT in the consecutive year and
  • Meet all programme requirements for advancement to the second year of their degree.
  • If you meet the criteria for the Year 13 Degree Scholarship you will not need to do anything to receive payment in your second year of degree study. EIT will assess your entitlement and apply the scholarship. At the start of your second year of study you will be sent a letter letting you know whether you qualify to receive the scholarship in year two.

How can I check if I am eligible for Government Fees-Free?

Government Fees-Free is administered by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).

To check if you are eligible:

  • Visit feesfree.govt.nz and enter your National Student Number (NSN). TEC will immediately check your eligibility to fees free study.
  • If you get YES – there is no need to do anything else. We will apply your Government Fees-Free first.
  • If you get UNKNOWN– this means TEC are not sure if you are eligible. You will need to complete the statutory declaration process to determine if you are eligible for Government Fees-Free. If you are not eligible, we will apply your scholarship.
  • If you get NO – we will apply your scholarship. If you are coming up with a NO response but you believe this is incorrect, please contact Fees-Free to discuss.

Government Fees-Free Contact

0800 687 775, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

If you have a question about a statutory declaration please email feesfreecheck@tec.govt.nz.

If you have submitted an appeal and have further questions please email feesfreereview@tec.govt.nz.

If you have any other questions please email feesfree@tec.govt.nz.

Please note that EIT can only view your confirmed Fees-Free status, it is up to you to complete the necessary documents to correct your status through Fees-Free, otherwise we will apply your Year 13 Degree Scholarship to your first year of study. If you don’t check your eligibility before the end of your study period, you may lose your entitlement to fees-free study.